of County Comm'rs of Gooding Count, (4) the Supreme Court of Idaho contemplated possible factors boards of county commissioners may consider in determining whether a patient is medically indigent under the Medical Indigency Act ("Act").
The Supreme Court of Idaho has interpreted that the Medical Indigency Act's legislative purpose has two components: "to provide indigents with medical care and to allow hospitals to obtain compensation for services rendered to indigents.
Assuming that Freeman can find employment that pays the wage the Board imputed, it is still questionable whether the effect of the decision fulfills the purpose of the Idaho Medical Indigency Act.
The recently adopted PPACA could change the impact of the Medical Indigency Act for Idaho citizens and has the potential to alter the scope of this decision in future cases.
94) Additionally, the scope of this decision may change in light of the recently adopted PPACA, as the new federal health care reform law will ideally decrease the number of people the Medical Indigency Act affects.
section][section] 31-3501-31-3557 (codifying the Idaho Medical Indigency Act).
42) KEVIN BORDEN, DON'T LIEN ON ME: WHY THE STATE'S MEDICAL INDIGENCY CARE PROGRAM IS UNHEALTHY FOR IDAHOANS 5 (2001), available at http://www.
Justice Burdick found that in arriving at its decision, the court improperly interpreted the statutory framework, misinterpreted the legislative intent of the Medical Indigency Act, and misapplied case precedent.
Pitts, Medical Agency and Bankruptcty, 48 ADVOCATE IDAHO 18, 19 (2005) (noting that number of uninsured persons in Idaho continues to increase and finding that "the medical indigency program is a necessary resource for both patients and providers alike").
See Dollars and Cents: What Does the Medical Indigency Program Cost?
44) To some extent, it is unfair to indict Medicare's PPS for its impact on the uncompensated care problem since the program was not designed to address medical indigency.
But unbiased contractors could not tolerate the unfairness of medical indigency.